American Patchwork Quartet to Play Proctors

SCHENECTADY — NYC-based American Patchwork Quartet (APQ) is performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 21st in the G.E. Theatre at Proctors. The American Patchwork Quartet consists of Grammy-nominated vocalist Falu Shah, Grammy-winning guitarist/vocalist Clay Ross, three-times Grammy-winning drummer Clarence Penn, and highly acclaimed bassist Yasushi Nakamura. The band showcases the dynamic diversity of contemporary culture by reimagining timeless songs from America’s past.

On a self-described mission to reclaim the immigrant soul of American Roots Music, and drawing on a repertoire of centuries-old American folk songs that highlight America’s immigrant roots, APQ put a spotlight on America’s dynamic present by combining the diverse talents of four U.S. citizens, each with a unique cultural background. In this quartet, old songs are made new through creative arrangements that highlight the exceptional and well-honed skills of each band member.

APQ performances strive to counter pervasive prejudices around the issues of race and immigration. To help strengthen our country’s social fabric, APQ desires that audiences reflect on the notion that, as Americans, we must acknowledge our differences to discover our commonalities. We must recognize the realities of racism and prejudice to build authentic and lasting bonds across cultures and color lines. The artists contend that while we are not responsible for our country’s past, we are accountable for its future.

Read below to see what others are saying about American Patchwork Quartet:

“American Patchwork Quartet is a living history-in-the-making group of powerhouse artists. As they explore and re-invent beautifully curated songs and music traditions, and make them their own, APQ connects the audience in unexpected and resonant ways. A dynamic exploration unfolds in real-time and creates new points of entry for all in attendance. Many audience members described the performance as both moving and revelatory.”
— Carleigh Welsh (Levitt Pavillion)

“American Patchwork Quartet was an extraordinarily intimate performance featuring a soulful and uplifting array of songs from America’s past re-imagined for today’s audiences. The ensemble of acclaimed artists drew the audience in and treated them to 90 minutes of magical music making. The repertoire was brought to life in brilliant new ways. After so many months of no live performance, it was sheer joy to sit and share this beautiful evening of inspired music with such a talented group of musicians. Our audiences loved it!”
— Regan Byrne (The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts)


Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at this link:

Proctors Collaborative is committed to providing healthy and safe facilities for audiences, performers, and staff. Based on CDC and state guidelines AT THE TIME OF PERFORMANCE, protocols may include mask enforcement, increased cleaning and ventilation/filtration enhancements, vaccination or negative test verification, and more. These are subject to change. Ticket holders who do not comply with venue policies will not be admitted. Please review Proctors’ Current COVID Attendance Protocols prior to attending.

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